The new minimum wages by sector of activity in Mozambique, the decree for which was approved by the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, show a year-on-year change between a maximum of 18.67% for the mineral extraction industry and a minimum of 6.44% for construction and public administration, defence and security, with effects dating back to 1 April.
Workers in the mineral extraction industry will now earn a minimum of 8,263 meticais (US$136.4) and those in construction and public administration, defence and security will receive 4,255 meticais (US$70.2).
The country’s lowest minimum wage will be that of “kapenta” fishermen, a fish of inland waters, which rises 7.5% to 4,063 meticais (US$67) and the highest in Mozambique remains that of the financial services, banks and insurance sector, up 14.4% to 11,987 meticals (US$198).
The Minister of State Administration Carmelita Namashulua said at the end of the cabinet meeting that some salary categories in the state will increase by 5% and added that the government provided 1.8 billion meticais (US$29.7 million) for expenses related to promotions, progressions and career changes.
The Labour, Employment and Social Security minister, Vitoria Diogo, said that the new minimum wages in the private sector make it possible to recover some loss of purchasing power, “since they are above the annual inflation of 2017 with a year-on-year change of 5.65%, according to data published by the National Statistics Institute.”